The Bruins have broken their losing streak, but have they broken out of the mess that still has them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference?



For one of the first times all season, Bruins coach Claude Julien felt his team gave the kind of effort he was looking for in a 5-3 win over the Senators at TD Garden Tuesday night. Julien watched as his team fell behind 2-1 on two fluky first-period goals and lost a 3-2 lead early in the third period on a shot through a heavy screen in front of Tim Thomas. 

Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille scored 37 seconds apart in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie, leading Boston to a much-needed 5-3 win over the Senators Tuesday night at TD Garden. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bruins, who had dipped to dead last among the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference entering the contest. The Senators, conversely, saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

WILMINGTON -- With the Bruins sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference and coming off three straight losses, there has been speculation regarding what moves can be made to improve the defending Stanley Cup champions. General manager Peter Chiarelli reportedly has been working the phones, and the possibility exists that the team could call up a player from Providence. 

Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who led the team with 30 goals last season, said after Monday's practice that he doesn't feel change to the roster is needed.

“What would you expect me to do? It’s a coach trying to find solutions. It’s as simple as that. … If it doesn’t [work], I’m telling you right now, you’re going to see changes again.” -- Claude Julien, Oct. 28.



The Bruins didn't do much to move out of last place Saturday at Bell Centre, as they fell to the Canadiens, 4-2, and dropped their conference-worst record to 3-7-0. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly appearance Friday morning. In the Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Habs Thursday night, Ference was slashed to the face by a skate early in the first period. Although the laceration went down to his skull and required stitches to close up, Ference downplayed the severity of the injury.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's loss to the Canadiens that the idea of being in last place in the Eastern Conference isn't nearly as troubling to him as the team's play. 

“I’d probably get nightmares thinking about how we’re playing right now more than anything else,” Julien said. “It’s more about our team right now. I don’t care where we are in the standings. What I care about is how we play, and right now we’re not playing at all to the level we should be.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your last place Boston Bruins.  

It doesn’t matter how many games into the season we are -- it just doesn’t sound right. 



Tomas Plekanec scored for both teams Thursday at TD Garden, but it was his tally for his own team that secured a victory for the Canadiens over the Bruins. The Habs came out of the first game of the home-and-home series with a 2-1 victory, while the Bruins fell to last place in the Eastern conference.